Ronan the Librarian by Tara Luebbe; Victoria Maderna (Illustrator); Becky Cattie
Ronan was a mighty barbarian.He invaded. He raided. And back home, he traded. Until he finds his first book . . . and everything changes for Ronan and his fellow barbarians who discover that books are not just stacks of paper.
Bathe the Cat by Alice B. McGinty; David Roberts (Illustrator)
It's cleaning day, but the family cat will do anything to avoid getting a bath. So instead of mopping the floor or feeding the fish, the family is soon busy rocking the rug, vacuuming the lawn, and sweeping the dishes.
Gladys the Magic Chicken by Adam Rubin; Adam Rex (Illustrator)
Gladys the chicken must be magic. After all, for everyone who encounters her, a wish is granted. The Shepherd Boy wishes to be beautiful, the Brave Swordsman wishes to join the Royal Guard, the Purple Pooh-bah wishes for his only daughter to be happy, and the Learned Princess wishes to escape the palace. And one by one, each of these wishes comes true. But . . . is Gladys really magic? Or is everyone making their own fortune? Either way, it adds up to one heck of an adventure for a chicken named Gladys. Blending a classic storybook feel with a thoroughly modern sense of humor, this side-splitting read aloud is perfect for anyone who wishes to see magic in the world--even if they are only looking at a chicken.
Max Explains Everything (Series) by Stacy McAnulty; Deborah Hocking (Illustrator)
Max knows a lot about puppies. After all, he's wanted one his whole life! So he's pretty much an expert. Grown-ups will warn you- Puppies are a lot of work. And they're right! Your puppy will need the perfect bed (which she'll never sleep in), the perfect toys (though she prefers playing with shoes and socks), and the perfect treats (she likes those, but she'll also have whatever you're eating). Dogs aren't good listeners like kids are, and they have a lot to learn. So you might have to take her to doggy school. (Her favorite part will probably be recess.) Yup, a puppy is a big responsiblity--but also a lot of fun, a lot of cute, a lot of cuddle, and a lot of love.
One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck; Yasmeen Ismail (Illustrator)
Sophia has one true desire for her birthday. But she has Four Big Problems in the way: Mom, Dad, Uncle Conrad...and Grand-mama. Will her presentations, proposals, and pie charts convince them otherwise? Turns out, all it takes is one word.
The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen
There is a spot. It is a good spot. It is the perfect spot to stand. There is no reason to ever leave. But somewhere above there is also a rock. A rock from the sky.
Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez; Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
When a girl is asked where she's from--where she's really from--none of her answers seems to be the right one. Unsure about how to reply, she turns to her loving abuelo for help. He doesn't give her the response she expects. She gets an even better one. Where am I from You're from hurricanes and dark storms, and a tiny singing frog that calls the island people home when the sun goes to sleep....
Boogie Boogie, Y'all by C. G. Esperanza
The city is alive with vibrant art in every corner of the parks, the shops, the trains. But most people are too busy to see it--or worse, choose to ignore it! When three children stop to marvel at the art around their community, they realize it's up to them to show everyone else how truly special it is when art and reality dance together so seamlessly. Boogie boogie, y'all. The city boogied all day. Busy, busy, busy, Till one kid stopped to say, Woah, woah, woah! Look at the art on the wall! (This is also phenomenal as an audiobook!)
The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket; Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator)
Once there was a bad mood and a stick. The stick appeared when a tree dropped it. Where did the bad mood come from? Who picked up the stick? And where is the bad mood off to now? You never know what is going to happen.
Trouble by Katherine Battersby
When a very large bear moves in next door, Squirrel is sure he can only be trouble for her and her beloved pet mouse, Chamomile. He has terrible teeth, and knife like claws, and huge, horrifying hungers . . . at least that's how Squirrel sees him. But where Squirrel sees trouble, Chamomile sees a new neighbor just trying to be friendly. Who is right.....and who is really causing trouble?